With less than a week to go before the MLB trade deadline, the Dodgers have spoken about the strange reliever market in baseball. Without question, Los Angeles could use a reliever or two to give their beleaguered bullpen a shot in the arm before October. However, they haven’t lost faith in all current members of the unit.
Using deductive reasoning, one can expect the Dodgers to be working the phones up until the last minute.
Which version of Joe Kelly will the Dodgers get late in the season? As the Dodgers explore options to improve their bullpen, @pedromoura writes that the team is cautioning against "expecting a salve." They also need Kelly to be strong.https://t.co/gT44fk8zW4
— The Athletic (@TheAthleticLA) July 25, 2019
Moura talks about an at-bat in which Kelly really neutralized Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies. After that, manager Dave Roberts said that performance ‘spoke volumes’ about the repertoire Kelly possesses when he’s on.
Moreover, Roberts says the Dodgers will make a deal for new personnel if the right deal comes along.
“Our front office has shown, if there’s a need, we have no problem addressing it and lining up for a deal,” Roberts said. “But it’s got to be right for both clubs. For something to line up, the odds are still low, as far as both sides have got to make it work. Not just for the Dodgers, but other teams have to oblige as well.”
Time will tell if that player emerges and the asking cost is reasonable. Still, Roberts says the Dodgers are looking for that impact guy; and they’ll know it if it crosses their path.
“What you’re gaining has to move the needle,” he said. “We’re canvassing, and if we land on something that moves the needle, great. If we don’t, then we’re prepared to go forward with this club.”
Finally, moving the needle for me would be anything that takes a little pressure off the current group. While it’s apparent that the talent is there, everyone gets a little sharper if the sum of the whole is strengthened. And if you can add multiple guys to achieve this, that strength multiplies.
The Dodgers are on the clock, and time is ticking. Joe Kelly alone – even at his best – may not be enough to get this team a world title.